Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rain and Rosemary Bread

This is day 3 of solid rain (or is it day 4?).  I don't have a photo session booked for today.  I don't want to or have a reason to go outside so why not bake?  I just made a cinnamon coffee cake (kind of an 'experimental' recipe, I'll let you know how it went) and plan on making soup for dinner so baking some bread is in order.  

This recipe  makes '4 small loaves' but in my opinion it makes 4 large buns.  These buns are delicious, crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.  The smell of it baking is intoxicating and when my husband walks in the door he has the 'death by bread' look on in face.  Bread is like crack to him.  Seriously.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Coconut Cupcakes

I don't have a sweet tooth.  Not really.  I have what you call a 'beer tooth'.  Oh yes, my dear sweet Sapporro :)  That being said I still do love to bake.  My faves, cupcakes and bread.  Baking full batches can be tough when there are two non sweet tooth people at home.  We'll eat a couple and within a few days the rest gets pitched.  This recipes yields 4 cupcakes.  Normally when I bake I save a couple for my husband and I and he brings the rest into work to share with his co-workers.  (His coworkers love my baking because I usually cut the sugar amount in the recipe a lot, even by half sometimes).  I made this batch of cupcakes when his union went on strike - he wouldn't be bringing the rest into work.  I hate throwing out food.  I'll try to pawn baked goods off on my neighbors, which they love but sometimes that doesn't happen.  Plus cupcake recipes with butter cream frosting are a huge waste to toss, butter is expensive!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Potato and Leek Soup

I love cooking during the summer.  It's easy (mostly barbecue - less dishes which helps when you don't have a dishwasher), it's lighter and it's always so much fun to check out the local outdoor farmer's markets and grab whatever produce is in season.  That being said, we live outside during the summer. The t.v. collects a lot of dust while we sit outside in the evenings in our tiny backyard patio.